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2010-01-11 13:18:00

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 11 /PRNewswire/ -- What is larger than the Great Wall of China and the only living thing on earth visible from space? Answer: The Great Barrier Reef, one of the seven wonders of the natural world. This March, Crystal Cruises is introducing a new opportunity to explore this region's remarkable sea life, rainforests and wildlife via a three-night "Great Barrier Reef Escape" Extended Land Program available before and after four Crystal Symphony voyages beginning or ending...

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2010-01-10 13:08:21

A study by the University of Exeter provides the first evidence that coral reefs can recover from the devastating effects of climate change. To be published Monday January 11 in the journal PLOS One, the research shows for the first time that coral reefs located in marine reserves can recover from the impacts of global warming. Scientists and environmentalists have warned that coral reefs may not be able to recover from the damage caused by climate change and that these unique environments...

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2010-01-06 10:55:00

A ridiculous amount of green seaweed has taken over much of Australia's Great Barrier Reef, leaving scientists worrying about the health of the coral structure. Professor David Bellwood, of James Cook University and the Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, told AFP that this seaweed has taken over 40 percent of areas closest to the shore. The seaweed could be just the latest problem for the reef. "We are concerned about it because it does look like a lot of weed and in other places in...

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2009-12-03 11:54:48

Coral reef fish can undergo a personality change in warmer water, according to an intriguing new study suggesting that climate change may make some species more aggressive. Experiments with two species of young damselfish on Australia's Great Barrier Reef have shown for the first time that some reef fish are either consistently timid, or consistently bold, and that these individual differences are even more marked as water temperatures rise. A slight lift of just one or two degrees may have...

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2009-11-16 15:34:30

To have even a chance of saving the world's coral reefs from extensive damage caused by global warming, carbon emissions in industrialized countries need to be cut by 25% below their year 2000 levels by 2020 "“ and by 80-90% by 2050. That is the uncompromising warning delivered today by some of Australia's most eminent marine and environmental scientists in a briefing to Australian Members of Parliament and Senators, in Parliament House, Canberra. "The Great Barrier Reef (GBR)...

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2009-11-09 07:48:31

Australian marine scientists have issued an urgent call for massive and rapid worldwide cuts in carbon emissions, deep enough to prevent atmospheric CO2 levels rising to 450 parts per million (ppm). In the lead up to United Nations Copenhagen Climate Change Conference Professors Charlie Veron (former Chief Scientist, Australian Institute of Marine Science) and Ove Hoegh-Guldberg of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies and The University of Queensland, have urged the world's...

2009-11-04 13:11:14

Study sheds new light on threats to coral reproduction What's the point of setting up marine reserves to protect coral reefs from pollution, ship groundings and overfishing if climate change could cause far more damage? A study published this week in London in Proceedings of the Royal Society B provides the answer. For decades researchers have known that corals synchronize their release of eggs and sperm into the water but were unsure of how and why. Robert van Woesik, a biologist at the...

2009-10-26 09:00:00

NEW YORK, Oct. 26 /PRNewswire/ -- In an unprecedented collaboration, Australia's Sydney and the Great Barrier Reef have teamed up with V Australia, Richard Branson's newest international airline, to bring the Perfect Australian Travel Experience to Americans. A remarkable value for jetsetters, the Perfect Vacation includes round-trip flights on V Australia from Los Angeles to Sydney or Brisbane, round-trip domestic flights and one-day travel experiences at two of Australia's iconic...

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2009-09-04 13:50:00

Scientists in Australia have launched a new project that will give new meaning to the term "surf and turf." Under the so-called "reef and beef" program, researchers Tony Parker, from James Cook University, and partner Rocky de Nys, plan to feed cows seaweed in order to reduce their carbon emissions. The researchers have estimated that cow flatulence accounts for 20 percent of man-made methane emissions. They hope to lower that statistic by introducing a new diet to cattle in Australia....

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2009-09-02 10:50:00

Australia's Great Barrier Reef is in danger of being ruined by climate change and coastal development, according to a report on Wednesday. According to the inaugural reef report issued by the Marine Park Authority, the reef has been hit by two different cycles of coral bleaching, and now algae and species infestation is becoming a serious problem that may threaten the reef's existence. "While populations of almost all marine species are intact and there are no records of extinctions, some...


Latest Great Barrier Reef Reference Libraries

Short-spined Crown-of-thorns Starfish, Acanthaster brevispinus
2013-08-12 14:37:20

The short-spined crown-of-thorns starfish (Acanthaster brevispinus) is a species of starfish that is classified within the Acanthasteridae family. This species has a large range that includes the Great Barrier Reef, the Philippines, and the Seychelles in the Indian Ocean. Because these areas are so far away from one another, the full range of this starfish cannot be known, but it can be said that it resides in a tropical or subtropical environment. It was first discovered by W.K. Fisher, who...

Barrier Reef Anemonefish, Amphiprion akindynos
2012-05-11 12:04:43

The Barrier Reef Anemonefish (Amphiprion akindynos) is native to the marine lagoons and reefs in the Western Pacific Ocean.  It lives at a depth of around eighty-two feet in temperatures fluctuating between fifty degrees Fahrenheit to 89.6 degrees Fahrenheit. Its range includes northern New South Wales, the Loyalty Islands, Tonga, New Caledonia, Coral Sea, and the Great Barrier Reef. They are typically seen near or within the tentacles of their host anemones. They will inhabit anemones like...

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2012-04-03 14:15:16

Alcyoniidae is a family of leathery corals that occur globally in temperate and tropical seas. These reef dwellers are often found in wave-exposed areas of reef crests, less turbid waters in lagoons, on steep slopes, under overhangs, and at depths of 100 feet and deeper. A colony of leathery coral is stiff, hard, and inflexible. It is composed of tiny polyps projecting from a shared leathery tissue. There are two kinds of polyps seen in Alcyoniidae corals: autozooids have long trunks and...

Elongate Surgeonfish, Acanthurus mata
2012-04-02 17:23:07

The Elongate Surgeonfish, (Acanthurus mata), is a species of tropical fish found in the Indo-Pacific, and can be found as far north as Southern Japan and south to the Great Barrier Reef. Some also live as far west as South Africa and as far east as the Tuamotu Islands. Its main habitat is steep slopes around coral reefs. This is a light blue fish with numerous brown stripes running down the length of the body, although over time it is able to change color to become blue overall. It has a...

Pajama Cardinalfish, Sphaeramia nematoptera
2009-06-19 12:35:41

The Pajama Cardinalfish (Sphaeramia nematoptera) is a fish that belongs to the Apogonidae family. These fish are a popular aquarium fish. The Pajama Cardinalfish can grow to be a length of 3 inches. The fish has red eyes and broad, dark, vertical "waistband" that is sprinkled with red spots that leads toward the tail. This fish has low vulnerability. Pajama Cardinalfish circulate throughout much of the West Pacific, from Jave to Fiji and from south of the Ryukyu Islands to the Great...

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